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Izarguien in Morocco

Izarguien

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
18,000 Arabic, Moroccan Spoken Islam 0.19 % 0.19 %   

Izarguien in Morocco

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Introduction / History
The Izarguien are Saharan Arabs, a sub-group of the Tekna tribe. The Tekna is a tribal confederation of Berber and Arab origins in southern Morocco and parts of northern Western Sahara. The Tekna tribes speak the Hassaniya Arabic and Berber Tamazight languages. Their traditional lifestyle was partly nomadic, based on camel and goat herding, and partly sedentary, controlling important routes of the Saharan caravan trade.

What are their lives like?
The Izarguien people in Morocco are in a state of transition. Their nomadic past is in jeopardy, but they do not have a clear path before them. What will be their livelihood in the future? Tight knit clans dominate their social lives. Their family structure is patriarchal; inheritance and most of the decision-making power comes from the father's side of each family. It would be very dangerous for an Izarguien to become a follower of Jesus Christ; such a person would probably be ostracized by his clan, leaving them isolated and vulnerable.

What are their beliefs?
The Izarguien people are Sunni Muslims who believe that the One, Supreme God, Allah, spoke through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship. The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah. Sunni religious practices are staid and simple. They believe that Allah has pre-determined our fates; they minimize free will. In most of the Muslim world, people depend on the spirit world for their daily needs since they regard Allah as too distant. Allah may determine their eternal salvation, but the spirits determine how well we live in our daily lives. For that reason, they must appease the spirits. They often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.

Prayer Points
Pray for the Izarguien tribe to be able to provide adequately for their needs. Pray for the widow, the orphan, and the elderly to have their needs met. Pray these people will be able to adjust to the changing requirements of the modern era. Pray Izarguien believers will be firmly grounded on the truths of Scripture, not mixing the grace offered through Christ with the religion of good works. Pray they will understand the priority of living a life obedient to Christ as an expression of thanksgiving.

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Country: Morocco
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, North and Middle East
Persecution Rank:29 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Widespread, south of Atlas Mountains, including Sahara port cities.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
   
 
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People Name in Country: Izarguien
People Name General: Izarguien
Alternate People Names:
AitaFoikat
ROP3 Code: 104134
Joshua Project People ID: 12303
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 18,000
Population all Countries: 52,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Berber-Shilha
People Name General: Izarguien
Ethnic Code: CMT32g
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Arabic, Moroccan Spoken (18,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ary    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.19 %(Evangelical: 0.19 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.81 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1902-1952
New Testament:
2012Audio
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsArabic Bible Online
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Arabic, Moroccan Spo ...
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralGospel resources links
Text / Printed MatterBible: Arabic, Moroccan Spoken
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
 
 
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Izarguien in Morocco

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